All the fun of a Victorian Fayre at the Dorset County Museum

The Victorian Fayre last year at the Dorset County Museum

The Victorian Fayre last year at the Dorset County Museum

On Sunday 21st February, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, the Dorset County Museum opens its doors for the second year running to a traditional Victorian Fayre to celebrate the birthday of William Barnes, Dorset dialect poet. This FREE event will offer something for all the family.

Stalls will include traditional crafts and gifts and the chance to learn rural skills. There will be Maypole dancing for the children as well as popular parlour games.

The friends of the William Barnes Society and Tim Laycock, well-known folk musician, actor and storyteller will provide traditional singing, music, dance and poetry reading throughout the afternoon.

Frome Valley Morris Mummer

Frome Valley Morris Mummer

The Frome Valley Morris Men will perform the Mummers and Hoodening play. The event would not be complete without a raffle, quiz and a Victorian afternoon tea.

Marion Tait, Honorary Curator of the William Barnes Gallery and Archive said that last year the Victorian Fayre was a huge success and was hoping for a repeat performance.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate by Peter Knight

The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate by Peter Knight

The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate by Peter Knight

Peter Knight lives in Wiltshire and is the author of eight books on ancient and sacred sites around the world. He is well-known for his talks, workshops and field trips which allow people to connect in new ways with the special sites they visit.

His illustrated talk at Dorset County Museum is about his new ground-breaking book, The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate. Peter will discuss the iconic Dorset hill figure that inspired him, together with the myths and legends that surround the figure and the dramatic site it occupies.

Copies of Peter’s book will be available on the night. The talk starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 10th April and the doors will be open from 7.00pm. All are welcome to attend and entry is free although donations are encouraged.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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